Tobey Partch-Davies, PhD

Institute on Disability / UCED
Institute on Disability
University of New Hampshire
10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
Durham, NX 03824-3595
Phone: 603-228-2084
Secondary Phone: 603-862-4320
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: February 05, 2016


Primary Activity Coordinators: Vocational Rehabilitation/Employment
Discipline(s): Interdisciplinary
Disability Studies
Mental and Behavioral Health
Community Economic Development; Asset Building; Financial Literacy
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Asset Building; Community Economic Development; Financial Literacy; Medicaid Utilization research; employment research and management information systems; poverty research; Asset Building Coalition Building.
Education: ABD/PhD Community Economic Development & Policy
School of Community Economic Development
Southern New Hampshire University

MS Community Economic Development
New Hampshire College


Tobey Partch-Davies, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., is currently the Project Director on Poverty and Disability at the UNH-Institute on Disability, and an instructor for UNH-Discovery Program where she teaches The Right to Be Disabled.  Her work consists of coordinating research and evaluation projects funded by government agencies, private foundations and private contractors.  Her scholarly agenda involves the social determinants of health with a special focus on financial capability and poverty among individuals with disabilities, and more recently the use of an implementation science framework for evaluating evidence based practices.  Prior to her work as a researcher, she coordinated employment and community based services in partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation, community rehabilitation providers and developmental services.  Since then she has led multiple studies investigating the effects of workforce development, work incentives, financial coaching, and asset accumulation on the socio-economic status of persons with disabilities and minorities.  She is currently leading several investigations related to the fidelity of implementation of an evidenced based home visiting practice and its effects on maternal and child health.  Dr. Partch-Davies currently serves on the UNH Commission on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and is Secretary for the National Association of Disability Benefit Specialists, a division of the National Rehabilitation Association.  Prior to returning to the UNH-IOD in 2009, Dr. Partch-Davies served for six years as founding Director of the Center for Community Ecomomic Development & Disability at Southern New Hampshire University, where she served as Principal Invelstigator for a NIDRR funded Asset Accumulation and Tax Policy Project; a three state Asset for Independence Act grant to administer Individual Development Accounts; Living with Independence, Freedom & Equality (LIFE) Project, and the Principal Investigator for several CMS funded sub-studies for New Hampshire's Medicaid Infrastructure Grant.